They promised “robust oversight” and that contracts would be enforced, and now the Michigan Department of Transportation is reminding road building and repair contractors of the obligations they agreed with regarding project delays.
MDOT says today they have notified road contractors working on projects that are running behind the schedule agreed to in the contracts they signed that they need to have an action plan or they will run the risk of receiving a notice of default.
MDOT Director Paul Ajegba says, “Our goal at MDOT is the safe and efficient travel of people and goods.” Ajegba adds, “We value the workers building and repairing our roads, and it is vital that we ensure the taxpayers that the department is providing robust oversight and that contracts are enforced.”
Each contractor has been asked to submit an updated progress schedule to MDOT authorities. Additionally, contractors are also being asked to include a narrative on how their company plans to avoid further delays and get back on schedule.
The contractors are also being notified that failure to provide an updated progress schedule and mitigation plan by the requested date may result in notice of default with the contractor being required to pay any costs above the original contract price.
With any luck, today’s MDOT reminder will clear aside a few barricades in a more timely manner, paving the way to a clear path this holiday season.